Now then, while that was curing, the transporter needed to be made.
|The base plate with gypsum layer added. Nice and smooth railroad dyke, nice and rugged landscape.|
The building of the transporter itself went much easier than I thought it would be. The original model made by Lars Folmann is orange, I wanted the transporter to be plain grey. I first tried to just recolour the original model but it was too pixelated for a clean colour removal. So I kind of redrew the whole kit in Photoshop to get clean lines. this outline model was then printed on 200 grams grey paper. Here and there I doubled the thickness, for example with the chassis of the car, which consists of big solid metal I-beams.
The cantilever arm structure was a bit delicate but it came together amazingly easy in this scale. All parts were edge glued, so no glue tabs were left on.
|The 1/400 version next to its orange original sized (1/100) version I made a couple of years ago.|
Because this will be a still diorama, I glued the cantilever arm in its resting position, the rocket is yet to come.
Then I worked my way through getting the display base a bit more colourful. A layer of paint, another layer and some more, glue and diorama grass fibres were added. I just did this on the fly, there was nothing actually planned on forehand. I wanted to recreate an early morning, frosty, early spring situation. I'm not done yet, there is still a lot more detailing to do.
...but it is not bad for just a day's work. (-;
|To get a sense of scale and feel of the landscape, here's the Tatra on the steppe.|